Local History Books by Ken Rickwood
The Essex river Blackwater rises in the northwest parish of Wimbish near Saffron Walden. The river flows for 34 miles through picturesque villages including Great Bardfield and Finchingfield. It passes by the historic towns of Bocking, Coggeshall and Witham to enter the largest of all Essex estuaries at Heybridge near Maldon.
Ken Rickwood has walked the length of this interesting river from source to estuary. He has recorded his journey in words and pictures parish by parish as he followed the course of this river through history and across his home county.
210 pages A5 softback, 248 illustrations
£12 Inc P&P
Ken Rickwood has been exploring Roman River for over fifty years. During this time he has amassed a wealth of facts and fancies about the river. Here he conveys a varied selection of these, which are presented within a series of walks, arranged parish by parish as he journeys along the valley.
Beginning at the tidal estuary between East Donyland and Fingringhoe he travels upstream through Langenhoe and the lost parish of Berechurch. Here, Roman River is joined by its main tributary of Layer Brook.
Passing through Birch, which contributes another tributary, Birch Brook, we come to Stanway and the site of Camulodunum.
Roman River continues through Copford, Marks Tey and Aldham to Great Tey, which hides the source of this intriguing twelve-mile river.
Ken has walked the length of this secret river, and in this book he explores with enthusiasm all the nooks and crannies as it winds its way round Colchester and out into the countryside.
228 illustrations of which 189 are in colour, and 242 pages
Ken Rickwood walked and rowed around the tidal estuary of the Stour from Harwich, past Shotley, Erwarton, Lower Holbrook, Wrabness, Bradfield, Stutton and Mistley, finishing up at Cattawade near Brantham. This nine mile long estuary, which in one place is a mile wide, is rich in history, fishing, wildlife, and past and present industries – from malting to making plastic.
With 244 pages packed with over 200 illustrations, this book is a must for people who love East Coast estuaries and the tidal waters of the North Sea which flood twice a day into the East Anglian countryside.
£11.50 inc P&P
Ken Rickwood explores the upper part of the Stour River which slices into East Anglia separating Essex and Suffolk. He begins at Brantham near Manningtree and rows through delightful countryside passing villages and towns on his way to Kedington, finding the source of the river in fields in Cambridgeshire.
This 280 page book is illustrated with 317 black and white photographs and drawings. ISBN 978-0-9558271-4-3
£11.50 inc P&P
The Colne by Boat, Bike and Boot
Ken Rickwood explores the Colne River which flows into the sea at Brighlingsea in Essex, by ferry boat, bicycle, rowing and walking, passing through Wivenhoe, Colchester, Chappel, Halstead, Castle Hedingham, Yeldham and beyond.
The book consists of 384 pages accompanied with 393 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-9558271-6-7
£17.50 inc P&P